Seychelles at the 110th ACP Council of Ministers, Nairobi, Kenya
The 110th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers has just been concluded in Nairobi, Kenya. The session this time round precedes the 9th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government which is expected to be attended by the President of the Republic.
Speaking as Seychelles’ representative, Secretary of State Ambassador Faure recognised the work undertaken by the ACP team of negotiators for the Post-Cotonou negotiations. He expressed his confidence that when discussing with the European Union (EU) negotiating team, both parties would be able to come up with a favourable outcome for the new cooperative framework. Ambassador Faure also stressed on the Africa Regional Protocol, the fact that SIDS concerns should be properly integrated into the Protocol and that particular consideration be given to the blue economy, oceans, environment and climate change, all of which are areas of great importance to Seychelles.
The Council session endorsed the Revision of the Georgetown Agreement paving the way for a more dynamic “ACP we want”, committed to multilateralism. The revised agreement will transform the current ACP Group of States into the Organisation of the ACP States (OACPS), which fosters further development and encourages South-South cooperation.
Seychelles supported the ACP resolution deploring EU’s, and its member states’, unilateral decisions to arbitrarily list ACP countries as black-list tax havens. He pointed out that such actions go against the spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding between EU and ACP member states and tarnishes the image of affected countries.
During the Council session, H.E. Mr Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti was appointed as the Secretary General of the ACP for the period 2020 -2025. He replaces Dr. Patrick Gomes who has been at the helm of the ACP since 2015.
The Seychelles delegation also comprised of Ambassador Beryl Samson, Embassy of Seychelles based in Belgium, Myra Laporte, Senior Counsellor, and Jean-Paul d’Offay, Director Regional Integration in the Department of Foreign Affairs.